Taking the stairs is good for you. A study at Duke University showed that ditching the elevator or escalator in favor of the stairs helped to reduce body fat, waist circumference and blood pressure. I have a personal rule that I always take the stairs whenever possible. Sometimes it’s a little harder than it probably should be. Sometimes I’m out of breath when I get to where I’m going. But I keep working on it whenever I have the opportunity.
After doing this for some time, I’ve noticed a couple of things.
One, the stairs are always empty compared to the escalators, and two, I can usually beat escalator riders to the top. For some people I know stairs are not an option, but in many cases, I wonder why people choose the less efficient method for getting to the top.
At a conference this past week, it hit me. The stairs seem harder. They seem like they should take longer because of the work involved. But here’s the thing. It may be harder at first because you’re making a change or because you’re not used to doing things in this exact way. Change is anything but easy. But in the long run, you’ll find that it’s just better for you.
This principle can be applied to any change you have to make in your independent pharmacy. Adopting Pharmacy Point-of-Sale, for example, may not always seem like the path of least resistance. There’s certainly going to be some work and effort involved on everyone’s part. But once you commit to the change, I think you’ll find that you’ll get to the top much faster than your competition.